History buffs, art lovers and children alike love the Wiregrass Museum of Art.
In 1913, the Municipal Light and Water Plant began generating power for Dothan. Today, the old power house continues to buzz with energy, inspiring new generations of history and art fans. Exhibitions, art workshops, intimate concerts and more are presented year'round.
Art lovers view works of art by regional and southern artists in eight changing galleries. Children love our hands-on gallery with interactive activities. And, no trip is complete without seeing the Murals of the Wiregrass.
Panoramic Collaborations: Liesa Cole & Tony Rodio
Exhibition: June 11 - October 6, 2012
Through their photography, artists Liesa Cole and Tony Rodio capture the mundane tasks and communal environments which unify society. Commonly shared spaces such as barber shops, grocery stores, and amusement parks act as common denominators of our human experience. Cole and Rodio explore the way in which these common areas transverse race, religion and socio-economic status stating that, "It is in these shared activities we more easily recognize ourselves in one another".
The events represented in each photograph actually occurred, but, not necessarily simultaneously. The end result is acquired through a tedious process of photographing each moment and then piecing them together to blend seamlessly. Each multiple image composite photograph starts with Cole. She photographs several hundred images across a scene and then prepares contact sheets to review the content and reveal the story. Once the precise theme emerges, she cuts and pastes the bits of selected images together to express a narrative. At this point in the process, the work is passed off to Rodio who begins the tedious task of digitally stitching the panorama together to create the illusion of a single image.
Southern Folk Pottery from the Columbus Museum
July 3 - October 27, 2012
Folk pottery has long been a tradition in the South, with potters creating both functional and decorative stoneware. Traditional folk pottery describes the labor-intensive methods and techniques that a potter uses to create a piece, whereas contemporary pottery focuses on innovation and artistic merit. Aesthetics of stoneware works were shaped by functions of both usefulness and demand. Over the centuries, function, of course, has given way to decorative aesthetics with works such as face jugs.
This exhibition, made possible by the Columbus Museum, includes thirty examples of stoneware, face jugs, and various vases.
2012 Wiregrass Biennial
July 19 - October 13, 2012
The Wiregrass Museum of Art if proud to announce the 2012 biennial exhibition. The biennial is an opportunity for artists living and working in the Southeast to take part in a museum exhibition and to strengthen their professional portfolios. It is also an opportunity to showcase works which illustrate the South's rich cultural heritage.
The 2012 Wiregrass Biennial is open to artists living in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana. The museum encourages innovative and progressive work that utilizes a variety of art forms and media.
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